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Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.

Pope Francis: Small ideological groups oppose same-sex blessings; Africa a ‘special case’

Jan 29, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small... Read more

Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III.

Black Pentecostal leader urges pope to withdraw same-sex blessing document

Dec 29, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

A prominent black Pentecostal leader is voicing his “solidarity” with African Catholics and urging Pope Francis to withdraw the new... Read more

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meets for its fall plenary assembly meeting Nov. 14, 2023, in Baltimore.

U.S. bishops: Vatican declaration does not change Church teaching on marriage 

Dec 18, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The Vatican’s new guidance on pastoral blessings prompted a clarifying statement as well as mixed reactions. Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis talks Synod on Synodality and homosexuality in new interview

Nov 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Asked about the synod assembly’s discussion of homosexuality, Pope Francis said: “When I say ‘everyone, everyone, everyone,’ [I’m speaking about]... Read more

Father Hans Zollner.

Celibacy is not a direct cause of sexual abuse, Jesuit expert says

Sep 29, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The psychologist said that “celibacy is not a direct cause of abuse; what can become a risk factor is a... Read more

Dominican Sister Lucía Caram on the television program “Cuentos Chinos” (“Tall Tales”) in Spain.

Dominican nun speaks in favor of homosexuals being able to marry in the Church

Sep 22, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

“I would be in favor of gays getting married in the Church because God always blesses love,” Dominican Sister Lucía... Read more

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Muslim, Christian parents rally outside Maryland courthouse for students’ religious rights

Aug 10, 2023

By Tyler Arnold, Peter Pinedo

Parents are fighting back against the Montgomery County Board of Education for mandating instruction of materials the parents say conflict... Read more

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Archdiocese of Madrid holds event featuring testimonies of LGBTI families

Jun 12, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The event was announced with the rainbow-colored theme “The Church is already diverse. Open your eyes and your heart!” Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 18, 2023.

Pope Francis clarifies comments on sin and homosexuality

Jan 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I should have said ‘It is a sin, as is any sexual act outside of marriage,’” the pope wrote. Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 21, 2022.

‘Being homosexual is not a crime,’ Pope Francis reiterates in new interview

Jan 25, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The interview with the Associated Press covered a wide range of topics, including laws that criminalize homosexuality and sodomy. Read more

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe addressing the bishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Controversial Dominican priest to lead October retreat for bishops at start of synod

Jan 23, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Father Timothy Radcliffe, whose statements on homosexuality have previously sparked controversy, will lead a three-day retreat to kick off the... Read more

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Scottish bishops: ‘Conversion therapy’ ban would criminalize Christian pastoral care

Jan 17, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” is so vague, the bishops warned, that the law would “create a chilling effect.” Read more

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Bishops in Belgium defy Vatican, publish ceremony for blessing same-sex unions

Sep 20, 2022

By AC Wimmer

In open defiance of the Vatican, Catholic bishops in Belgium on Tuesday announced the introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex... Read more

Archbishop Justin Welby in Łódź, Poland, July 21, 2016.

As Anglican bishops gather, deep divisions over statement on banning same-sex marriage emerge

Jul 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Following criticism from Anglican bishops, participants in the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England will be given the opportunity to “clearly... Read more

Marc Frings speaking at a press conference of the German "Synodal Way" on February 4, 2022

German ‘Synodal Way’ a ‘conscious statement against Catechism,’ says official

Jul 19, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The German “Synodal Way” is aiming to change the Church’s teaching on homosexuality by proposing “a conscious statement against the... Read more

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Peruvian same-sex-attracted man defies gay 'pride' by promising to be chaste

Jul 1, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In a recent interview with Spanish EWTN News, Gerson Granados Gonzales shared his life’s journey and a message to those... Read more

Franciscan friars line the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Franciscans in Germany elect openly gay priest as new superior

Jun 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Markus Fuhrmann said he recently came out as homosexual "to show that I can also be part of the... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 4, 2022.

Pope Francis to LGBT people: God ‘does not disown any of his children’

May 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

“A ‘selective’ church, one of ‘pure blood,’ is not Holy Mother Church, but rather a sect,” the pope said. Read more

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015, speaks to reporters while holding her Bible at Helsinki District Court on Jan. 24, 2022.

Bible tweet trial: Finland’s state prosecutor files appeal

May 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I am dismayed that the prosecutor will not let this campaign against me drop,’ said Päivi Räsänen. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, was interviewed by EWTN on April 14, 2022.

Top Vatican cardinal: 'Legitimate concerns' about Germany's 'Synodal Path'

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Kurt Koch has confirmed Pope Francis’ apprehension about Germany’s “Synodal Path,” telling EWTN in an exclusive interview that critics... Read more